Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Roast Chicken with Butter, Lemon and Rosemary

Fewer meals are more comforting than roast chicken. Lemon, butter and rosemary turn a plain chicken into a transcendent meal. I love to serve this with mashed cauliflower and steamed spinach or green beans. It doesn’t get simpler than this!

Roast Chicken with Butter, Lemon and Rosemary
Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
Serves 4

1 whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry (We used a mid-sized, organic chicken.)
¾ cups butter, softened
3 whole lemons
4 sprigs rosemary
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425˚.

Zest two of the lemons. Strip the leaves off of one of the rosemary sprigs and chop it up finely.

In a bowl, combine softened butter, lemon zest, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste.

Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil and lay the patted-dry chicken on the foil, breast side up.

Use your fingers to smear the butter mixture all over the chicken, under the skin, and inside the cavity. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice of one lemon all over the chicken. Place the six lemon halves (if they'll fit!) and the three remaining rosemary leaves into the cavity of the bird.

Place the chicken into the oven and roast it for 1 hour, 15 minutes or until done. Skin should be deep golden brown and juices should be sizzling.

For a printable version of this recipe, please click here.

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